LAPL Training

The Light Aircraft Pilot Licence for aeroplanes is most commonly just referred to by its acronym LAPL. It is an alternative to the EASA PPL. Find out a lot more about this licence type below. Or view the services we offer to those pursuing a LAPL licence.

The LAPL requires less hours and therefore will be cheaper to obtain than a PPL. This is ideal for people who only want to fly light aircraft within Europe and have no desire to fly larger aircraft or gain an instrument rating. It is also not possible for the holder of a LAPL to gain a Commercial Pilots Licence. However the primary reason that most people select the LAPL over the PPL is the reduced medical requirements.

Due to the reduced hours and medical requirements the LAPL is more restrictive than the PPL. For a comparison of the two visit out pilot licence page. We also run Ground School Training for either licence type either in hourly lessons or a complete Intensive Ground School Course.

LAPL Privileges

  • Act as pilot in command on single engine piston aircraft with a maximum take off weight of 2000kg.
  • Fly up to 3 passengers at a time. You must first complete ten hours of flight after the issue of your licence.
  • Able to fly anywhere in EU Member states.
  • Ability to add Night and Aerobatic ratings to the licence.

LAPL Pre-Requisites

The minimum age to hold a licence is 17, students can fly solo at 16.
LAPL Medical Certificate, this can be completed by an Aeromedical Examiner (AME) or your GP if they are willing.
Be able and willing to commit to a certain amount of self study at home in addition to flying lessons and ground school.

LAPL Flying Training

The flying training will be done with a qualified instructor and is usually done on the same type of aircraft for consistency. In order to be able to fly solo the above mentioned medical must be gained. The applicant must have a minimum of 30 hours to apply for a licence. These hours are made up as shown.

  • 15 Hours of dual instruction.
  •  6 Hours of solo flight which is supervised from the ground by an instructor inc 3 hours cross country.
  • Hours of solo cross-country time which must include a qualifying cross country trip of 80NM (150km) with a stop at an aerodrome other than the one of departure.

The remaining hours are made up of additional revision as required.
These hours are an absolute minimum. Because we all learn at different paces some people may need more time to reach the standard required for the skills test.

LAPL Theoretical Knowledge

There are 9 theoretical exams which must be passed in order to hold a LAPL. These are multiple choice and not as bad as they sound! The LAPL skills test must be passed within 18 months of completing the theory exams. Full support is offered by Almat Flying Academy in the form of regular ground schools and one to one sessions with an instructor if needed. The subjects to be passed are:

  • Air Law (this must be passed before flying solo)
  • Human Performance
  • Meteorology
  • Communications (Both a written and practical test)
  • Operational Procedures
  • Principles of flight
  • Flight Performance and Planning
  • Aircraft General Knowledge
  • Navigation

LAPL Skills Test

Once you have obtained at least 30 hours and you instructor feels that you have reached the required standard you will be recommended for a skills test. All theory exams must have been passed in order to take this and you must have a current medical. The test usually consists of around two hours with an examiner (Almat have their own examiner!) You will be asked to demonstrate what you have learnt.

LAPL – Frequently Asked Questions

Can I start a LAPL and change to a PPL During Training?

No, you cannot! It is very important that people planning to pursue the LAPL are clear on this point. Hours flown towards the issue of a LAPL will not count towards a PPL. However once a LAPL has been issued this can be converted to a PPL with further instruction.

How much does an LAPL cost?

This is dependant on a number of factors such as what type of aircraft you fly and how often you can commit to flying. Generally the more frequently you fly the less hours it will take you to pass which will of course work out cheaper. A good figure would be approximately £5500 for the entire course. This is by no means a definitive cost, 30 hours is the legal minimum required to gain a licence many people take longer to reach the required standard. In addition there is also equipment that must be purchased in order to complete the training. Please keep both of these factors in mind when budgeting

How often should I fly?

The simple answer to this is as often as possible! The more often you fly the more consistent your training will be. Instructors find that students who fly infrequently will spend much of their lesson revising skills that have learnt previously. This will obviously take a lot long. However this been said flying is an expensive activity! Therefore the answer to this question is as often as you can afford.

What are the medical requirements?

In order to hold a LAPL Licence you must hold a LAPL medical. This can be issued by a specialist Aeromedical examiner or your GP if they are willing to do so. The requirements for this is less than that of the Class 2 medical required for the issue of a PPL. The standard for the LAPL medical is roughly equivalent to the DVLA class 2 medical requirements.